Why you'll love this tour
Stress-free access to world-famous sights
If you truly want to immerse yourself into the Eternal City’s 2500+ years of intriguing history, there is no better place to start than the Colosseum. The most spectacular extant edifice of Ancient Rome, this immortal amphitheater has a past filled with equal parts gore and glory – just like the Roman Empire itself. Over time, the boundary of history and legend may have been blurred out, but your guide will help you debunk the myths and shock you with stories even more jaw-dropping the ones you’ve seen played out on the silver screen. From wicked emperors to gruesome gladiator fights, we’ll delve right into the excitement from the get go!
In our book, sightseeing should be fun, casual and relaxing if done right – and we leave nothing to chance in order to make that happen! To escape the crowds and dodge the stifling Roman sun, we’ll explore the first and second levels of the Colosseum in the early hours of the morning. With fast-track access to Rome's most popular attraction, you’ll never have to worry about queuing up and can focus fully on enjoying your visit – just as it should be!
Catch a glimpse into life in ancient Rome
After our in-depth guided Colosseum tour, we'll take a short hike over to the adjacent Palatine Hill – the very birthplace of Rome. It was upon this grassy summit that a small hillside village took its first faltering steps towards becoming the largest Empire ever known to man. But what drove the first settlers to make their home here of all places? And how did the twins Romulus and Remus and their adoptive wolf mother fit into the complex equation? Your tour guide will straighten out those question marks (and many more!) as you ponder amongst scattered ruins on the most notable of Rome’s seven hills.
It’s only a hop, skip and a jump to downtown Ancient Rome, also known as the Roman Forum. This was once the central hub of the sprawling empire, where the early Romans would mix and mingle throughout its glory days. As you gaze upon towering triumphal arches and the imposing remnants of senate houses and hallowed temples, you’ll be mesmerized by the stories that have transpired on this very ground. Get the inside scoop on Marc Antony and Cleopatra’s epic love story and hear the thrilling tale of the conspiracy that cost Julius Caesar his life – but also learn how the great Roman Empire slowly began to crumble towards its dramatic demise in 500 AD.
No boring lectures – just infotainment at its best!
At What a Life Tours, we don’t believe in lackluster, might-as-well-be-reading-from-a-script types of tours. In a city with millennia of enthralling history, story-telling is the core of everything we do and we’re proud to say that we have some of the most animated cicerones in the business on our team. Every single one of our Colosseum guides has been hand-picked based on their stellar ability to engage, entertain and educate – and their rave-worthy qualities shine through in the thousands of 5-star TripAdvisor reviews they've received!
One thing we do believe in at What a Life Tours is interactive touring! Sharing your guide’s attention with no more (and often fewer!) than 11 other tour-goers, we ensure that you’ll always have personalized attention and time to ask any questions that pop along the way. Don’t hold back your curiousity because, ultimately, our goal is to enlighten you with a deeper understanding of the Roman Empire and a wider perspective on how today’s society has been shaped by this uniquely influential place and period in time.
What you'll experience
When Emperor Vespasian made the first draft of the Colosseum in the 2nd century AD, he certainly didn’t go for a “less is more” feel. While the plan of the building was inspired by a classical Greek theater, Vespasian’s vision was much grander than that. He made his architects place two theaters back to back, creating an oval stage with the audience seated around the entire perimeter and pushing the backstage to the underground. We are left to imagine how magnificent the then marble-clad edifice must have looked on its inauguration day in 80 AD but, luckily, what remains of the Colosseum is still undeniably spectacular.